Shakespeare and the Nobility
By (author) Catherine Grace Canino
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Shakespeare and the Nobility by Catherine Grace Canino
Book DescriptionShakespeare and the Nobility examines how Shakespeare was influenced by the descendants of the aristocratic characters in his early history plays. The Henry VI trilogy and Richard III are among the first plays in the English dramaturgy that reflect the lives and activities of the ancestors of sixteenth-century aristocrats. In a time when the upper classes of England were obsessed with family lineage and reputation, the salient question is how William Shakespeare, a socially inferior playwright and actor, handled the delicate matter of portraying the complex and often unattractive ancestors of the most powerful people of his day. In answer to this question, this study examines the lives of the historical figures and their descendants, presenting fresh readings of the early histories, and argues that Shakespeare consistently modified his portrayal of the ancestors with their descendants in mind.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521872911
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book examines how Shakespeare was influenced by descendants of the historical figures in his early histories.
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Author Biography - Catherine Grace Canino
Catherine Grace Canino is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina.
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